Support Group

Friends of American Art

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iPhone Photography

Contact Mary Little to Join:
mlittle@artsbma.org
205-254-2389

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The Friends of American Art was founded in 2007 and actively supports the Museum by developing and expanding its American art collection. The group provides educational programs and travel opportunities to its members. Events include lectures by leading authorities and visits to auctions, galleries, and noted public and private collections. At the Friends’ annual dinner, members vote on a major acquisition for the Museum’s collection of American art.

Upcoming Events

iPhone Photography

September 22 @ 1:00 pm

Learn iPhone camera tips and techniques while exploring artwork in the museum. Then in the studio, use a free app to alter photos and merge them together.

Liberation of St Peter

September 22 @ 2:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Liberation of St Peter by Giovanni Lanfranco in the Italian galleries.

Afrofuturism Collage

September 22 @ 2:00 pm

Drop in to Bart’s ArtVenture for a kids art-making activity led by Teen BMA!

Crocheted Cacti

September 24 @ 6:00 pm

Make a forever plant with only one stitch.

Homeschool Studio Ceramics

September 25 @ 2:00 pm

Learn about ceramics from around the world through the museum’s collection and exhibitions including Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now and apply similar techniques in class.

Animal Portraits

September 25 @ 6:00 pm

Capture the personality and humor of animals through drawing and mixed media techniques including the grid method.

Indian Classical Concert

September 26 @ 6:30 pm

The Indian Cultural Society invites you to join them for a very special concert with Confluence, a unique trio of North Indian classical master musicians, featuring Mr. Jesse Bannister, Pratik Shrivastav, and Pt. Subhen Chatterjee.

Black Out Opening Party

September 27 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for an exclusive first look at Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now, an exhibition that explores the previously unstudied art form of the silhouette by investigating its deep historical roots and considering its forceful presence today. Black Out presents historic silhouettes from the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and other institutions […]

Kids Art 101

September 28 @ 10:00 am

Immerse your child in the world of art while developing their skills and creativity. Each month features a new topic.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

September 29 @ 2:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on All Things Bright and Beautiful by Amy Sherald in the Contemporary gallery.

Friends of American Art Trip to Santa Fe

In early April, twenty-one members of the Friends of American Art, led by Curator of American Art Dr. Katelyn Crawford and Deputy Director Meghan Ann Hellenga, enjoyed a glorious early spring week in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Friends of American Art Trip to Nashville

In December, the Friends of American Art enjoyed an art-filled weekend getaway to Nashville, Tennessee. They stayed at the Union Station, a former railroad terminal originally opened in 1900. Steps from the Union Station is a historic U.S. Post Office building, now home to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The Frist is a […]

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